Not long to go until one of Brighton’s busiest months of year: festival season in May. With not one, not two but four events spanning Brighton & Hove throughout the month it’s one of the best times to come and visit our fair town.
Don’t know where to start? Never fear we’ve put together our best of the fest recommendations. You’re welcome…

Brighton Festival – 6-28th May

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One for the artsy folks. Celebrating it’s 50th birthday this year the Brighton Festival is packed full of dance, theatre, art & film, all with a political edge.

Every year the festival has a guest director who sets the theme and curates the line-up: 2017 sees the turn of Kate Tempest whose festival is dedicated to the ‘Everyday epic’ aiming to open up these sometimes elitist areas to the public. The catalogue of events including many spoken word, community projects and one-of-a-kind performances is available to book now via

Here’s a couple we can’t wait for:

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The Unfair

Conceived and created by Ellie Harrison this event is described as ‘a fairground arcade filled with a range of games and stalls that playfully explores how we can handle our anger and provides a chance for the whole family to let off steam’.

Nothing like getting a bit of rage off your chest before settling into your weekend getaway by the sea!

Fri 19 – Sun 21 May; The New Steine; pay what you feel

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Adam Buxton’s BUG: David Bowie Special

We think comedian Adam Buxton is ace. And obviously we love Bowie. So this is a no-brainer… Sure to sell out soon so get yourself booked in for a midweek treat

Tues 23rd May; Brighton Dome; £20

Brighton Fringe – 5th May – 4th June

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Like your entertainment a bit more weird and wonderful? Get stuck in to the Brighton Fringe. With hundreds of fantastic grassroots and one-person shows you never know what you might stumble into. We recommend you pencil in a few dates with a friend, grab a brochure and head out on a spontaneous tour of performances that catch your eye… Check out the full line up at

Saying that here’s one you should probably book in advance:

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Can You Put This In The Bin For Me?

This show has been a sell-out two years running at Edinburgh Festival and stars our wonderful comedy night compere Charmaine! Straight-talking stand-up from Charmaine Davies & Michael Mooney.

7th, 10th, 18th, 28th May 9pm; Broadway Lounge; Free entry

The Great Escape – 18-21st May

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One of our favourite events of the year the Great Escape sees the best new bands playing across Brighton’s pubs and clubs for a whole weekend in May. This very popular event sees the town invaded by all manner of hip individuals in a ridiculous amount of skinny jeans but that’s all part of the fun. Tickets available via
Psst! Fancy a break from the town centre? Make sure you escape to the Pelirocco for three days of intimate gigs with live music from bands in our hotel bar.

With the Liberty Music PR Showcase on Thurs 18th, a Pro7ect takeover on Fri 19th and Escape to the Pelirocco on Sat 20th feat live music from up and coming bands including Fable and Moviestar.

Check out our events listings and sign up to our Events Mailing List for more info.